To join in the VE Day 75th Anniversary, when all events have had to be cancelled because of the pandemic, there will be a couple of broadcasts in the village centre. After the success of Amazing Grace being played on Good Friday, we have decided to repeat the idea of playing music on the 8th and 10th May at 3pm. On Friday the 8th, there will be bells played to coincide with the Royal British Legion call for people to have a cup of tea in their own front gardens and on the 10th there will be bells and music to repeat the tea in the garden idea. Sadly, our church is closed and cannot participate in the anniversary, but we do encourage you to ‘take a moment out’ (while observing social distancing) to remember all those who gave so much and to celebrate the many years of peace we have benefited from since.
With the weather forecast set to be hot on Friday and then cold on Sunday, please wrap up warm on the day and remember to stay safe.
God Bless from all at St Bart’s.
75th Anniversary of VE Day, 8th – 10th May. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak cancelling all our village and church events from the 8th to the 10th May, there is now to be a national response in which we can all participate without leaving our own homes. The Queen will deliver a televised address to the nation at 9pm on the 8th, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago. Other plans include a public sing along of Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, a song synonymous with World War Two. The government had moved the traditional early May bank holiday from the 4th to the the 8th of May to allow for events to take place, which had included a service in Westminster Abbey, veterans’ processions and street parties. The BBC will also air messages from The Archbishop of Canterbury, Prince Charles, who will read an extract from his grandfather King George VI’s diary from VE Day and extracts of Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech to the nation announcing the end of the war in Europe.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said although celebrations will now take place “in our homes and on our doorsteps” he is confident the nation will “come together to mark this historic occasion”. People in lockdown are being urged to show their support for the commemorations by following the Royal British Legion’s launch of its “Tommy in the window” campaign, producing specially-designed figures of soldiers for people to place in their windows.
A pack with ideas for homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children has been produced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, so families under lockdown can create their own experiences at home.
The BBC will also air a pre-recorded video message from Prince Charles, who will read an extract from his grandfather King George VI’s diary from VE Day.
Extracts of Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech to the nation announcing the end of the war in Europe will also be broadcast.
Tony Hall, BBC director general, said: “At a time when many are looking for unity and hope, the BBC will bring households together to remember the past, pay tribute to the Second World War generation and honour our heroes both then and now.”
Victory in Europe (VE) Day in 1945 marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender by Britain and its Allies following almost six years of WW2.
It saw spontaneous celebrations break out across the country, and the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, ventured out with a group of friends, including her sister Princess Margaret, to experience the excitement in London.